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Welcome to Newmarket Hill – a South Down Blog!

In 1830, in the heart of the South Downs, a remote farm labourer’s cottage and barns was built. This blog records my efforts to discover some of its many stories.

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Newmarket Hill Demoted

Newmarket Hill is dead:Long live Castle Hill! I find it sad that modern surveying has demoted Newmarket Hill. However, Castle Hill is a worthy successor. The ‘Hill Bagging‘ website is the online version of the Database of British and Irish Hills (DoBIH). It is as near to official as one can find. If they say […]

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WW2 Balsdean Walk Maps

Yesterday’s ‘special’ History Healthwalk seemed to go down well, despite it being a bit breezy and wet under foot. On the walk I promised to add to this blog the composite map overlays I showed people on the walk of the Balsdean and Norton Farm areas. The National Library of Scotland (NLS Maps) website is […]

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Balsdean WW2 History and Other Walks

It has been a long time since my last blog. I have been hiding away from the world since Covid writing a book, with the help of my mum, on the WW2 history associated with the Balsdean and Castle Hill Downs, including the associated villages of Kingston near Lewes and Woodingdean. The book was supposed […]

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WW2 Kingston Near Lewes Presentation – 1940-1945

After Dunkirk, everything changed. The Sussex coast was threatened by invasion. Evacuees were evacuated, to be replaced by British and Canadian soldiers.

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WW2 Kingston Near Lewes Presentation – 1918-1940

Just twenty years after the Great War, the war to end all wars, a Second World War was declared.

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Newmarket Hill Healthwalk; Life and Death on the Downs!

Sunday’s guided history walk was wild, wet and windy, but well worth the challenge. A hardy few joined me for a challenging morning full of life and death through some 5,000 years of history. Our first stop was a short excursion of a few yards along the headland of a muddy ploughed field immediately to […]

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Brighton and beyond: collaborative approaches to managing urban prehistoric monuments

Originally posted on Doug's Archaeology:
A session for the CIfA conference that we filmed. This one dealing with the local archaeology, for the conference: Session Abstract The venue for this year’s CIfA conference is also one of the region’s more interesting and important prehistoric monuments: an early Neolithic Causewayed Enclosure. This sits within a…

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Evoking Woodingdean

CLIFFTOPS Writers present OUR OPEN EVENING: Local Historian David Cuthbertson of the WOODINGDEAN SOCIAL HISTORY PROJECT Will be wanting your ***WOODINGDEAN WRITING*** He will speak on the importance of EVOKING A SENSE OF PLACE:  …writing for future historians… FOLLOWED BY Q & A SESSION BRING YOUR QUESTIONS! BRING YOUR STORIES! ……………………………………… Free entry. All ages welcome. […]

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Castle Hill and Balsdean Healthwalks

A year or more ago, realising I was studying the downs from the comfort of a chair via the Internet, I decided to become a Brighton Healthwalk leader. It is an excellent way for me to get off my bottom, get some exercise, whilst informally sharing some of my local and natural history knowledge of […]

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Project Title?!

Those who read my previous post will know I have been struggling to find a good title for my revised history project. I had a self printed business card which used the above picture as a background image. Its original title was: Newmarket Farm History Project But the new project title: Of Sheep & Fish: […]